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20 Feb 2012 03:07 PM

Retin–A – Topical Cure to Treat Acne

Acne is a very common problem and there are a number of ways to treat and handle it depending upon the factors and reasons for its occurrence. It happens during teens when body is undergoing physical and hormonal changes as puberty begins to set in. Acne is a form of a skin inflammation due to over productive sebaceous gland and oils present in the skin cells. A simple approach to soothe and cure acne is application of topical creams which are readily available in the pharmacy. Tretinoin is the generic compound that is sold under the name of Retin –A which is a Vitamin A derivative used for comedonal acne and other skin related problems. Even blackheads and whiteheads can be treated with such type of creams and lotions.
Retin-A works by improving the skin cell turnover thus rejuvenating the cells which leads to extrusion of foreign material (excess sebum and dirt) from the follicle. Apart from preventing the formation of new acne it also helps in eliminating and reducing fine lines and wrinkles of the face.

How to Use Retin-A

As every topical cream this medicine is no new and is very simple to use and apply but the mentioned guideline will improve its effects giving quick results.
It is best to apply a thin layer of this topical cream in the night. You will just need some amount that will be enough and will be absorbed completely while you’re asleep.
Next morning you might notice a bit of flaking on your face, do not worry this is completely normal. Just wash your face with mild scrub/cloth to reduce the flaking. Once this is done apply a water based moisturizing cream with sunscreen properties preferably. It is necessary to use sunscreen when you are using Tretinoin for other skin care treatment because Tretinoin has an effect on your skin that makes it more susceptible for sunburn. Even a ten minute exposure in sun can damage as your skin is very sensitive while in treatment in the first few weeks. Therefore keep a sunscreen in your purse handy and repeat application after few hours to maintain its effect.
Initially the use of Retin – A may cause flaking and irritation of your skin. Therefore it is best to use it under the supervision of a skin care specialist. As your body and the affected skin gets use to it, the irritation will fade away in some time.
It is interesting to note that Tretinoin was amongst the first retinoid cream that was developed for direct application on skin. Some other successful uses for this medicine are used in commercial products where they promise to reduce wrinkles and aid in slowing the process of aging. Some patients who have stretch marks due to excessive gain/loss of weight are also prescribed this topical cream as it helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by promoting collagen production in the region. Retin –A topical cream is surely is a great product that helps many skin related problems to be cured in a simple and quick way.
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